ISU Offense Falters in Doubleheader Loss at No. 20 DePaul
Abby Olson
Abby Olson

April 15, 2009

CHICAGO - Abby Olson went 2-for-2 with a solo home run in game one, but the Illinois State offense was held at bay throughout much of the day in 4-1 and 5-2 losses at No. 20 DePaul Wednesday afternoon at Cacciatore Stadium in Chicago. A two-out, walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning in game one led to a 4-1 DePaul win, while the Blue Demons (27-9) earned the doubleheader sweep with a 5-2 win in game two.

Illinois State dropped to 18-20 on the season and has now lost three-straight games. ISU also dropped to 1-5 on the season in games against ranked opponents.

Olson led all Redbird hitters, as she was a combined 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Casey Gorrell was the only other Illinois State batter to record a hit in either game, as she went 1-for-3 in both games, with an RBI single in game two.

Amber Smith (6-9) was again the hard-luck loser in the circle for the Redbirds in game one. Less than a week after her stellar three-hit outing at Drake, Smith held a lead through 6 2/3 innings Wednesday before she gave up the walk-off grand slam to suffer the loss. Smith struck out two, walked five and gave up six hits in the loss.

Freshman pitcher Jordan Birch (10-9) looked strong through the first three innings of game two, but a three-run fourth inning for DePaul led to Birch's ninth loss of the season. Birch pitched four innings and gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits.

Lauren Frankiewicz (5-1) pitched a complete-game victory in game one for DePaul, and Becca Heteniak (16-6) was the complete-game winner in game two.

RECAP: DePaul 4, Illinois State 1 | Box Score
Olson wasted little time getting Illinois State out in front of DePaul in game one. The Hartsburg, Ill., native drilled a solo home run over the center field fence in the top of the second inning to give the Redbirds a 1-0 lead.

The game played out fairly quickly from then on, as neither side was able to push another run across until DePaul's Jackie Tarulli-Fisher ended it with a two-out walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning to end what would have been a 1-0 win for Illinois State and give the Blue Demons a 4-1 win.

Smith got herself out of a bases-loaded jam earlier in the game when she pitched a ground ball double play to third base off the bat of Tarulli-Fisher to keep ISU in the lead, 1-0.

RECAP: DePaul 5, Illinois State 2 | Box Score
Following its dramatic walk-off grand slam in game one, DePaul's offense picked up where it left off with a single run scored in the bottom of the first inning in game two.

A sacrifice fly ball off the bat of Katie Mathis in the top of the second inning got the run back for the Redbirds, as Olson, who doubled earlier in the inning, tied the game, 1-1.

The game remained tied until DePaul's Becca Heteniak belted a deep solo home run over the left field fence in bottom of the fourth inning to give the Blue Demons a 2-1 lead. Later in the inning, Tara Voss broke the game open with a two-run double into left field, as DePaul took a 4-1 advantage.

A throwing error by relief pitcher Megan Warner in the bottom of the fifth inning led to DePaul's fifth run of the game. After leadoff batter Amber Patton reached third base on Warner's throwing error to first base, Turilli-Fisher lined a single up the middle to score Patton.

A two-out RBI double by Casey Gorrell one inning later cut the DePaul lead down to 5-2, as Beth Current came around to score.

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